Is Iran Being Baited by Another British Vessel?

James Sweet III | @jsweetIII

At approximately 11:14 PM on Thursday, a British flagged vessel, the Atlantic Pioneer, entered Iranian territorial waters. Shortly before the ship entered Iranian claimed waters, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a tweet condemning the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Navy for its actions in the Strait of Hormuz. Specifically, he condemned actions taken against previous British vessels in the region.

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Trump Is No Hero for Calling Off the Iran Strike

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Thursday night, President Trump made a monumental decision to call off a strike against Iran. After they shot down an American drone Monday, the president said that such a reaction was “not proportional” after learning it would lead to the deaths of around 150 people.

Without a doubt, Trump’s decision was a good one; not killing 150 people is radically better than killing 150 people. But this alone is a far cry from a heroic act and does not clean the blood that already stains his record.

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Trump’s Iran Escalation Makes Him Look Weak

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Kevin Doremus | @k_doremus

President Donald Trump has placed himself in a situation that he cannot easily pull out. His strongman persona is under threat by his response to Iran’s decision to down a US drone. While Trump made the correct decision, the situation with Iran demonstrated weakness and indecision. The combination of tough talk and his hawkish advisers led the US towards a war no one wants.

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Will America Go to War with Iran Over a Drone?

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Jack Parkos | @laissez_faire76

The tensions between Iran and The United States rose Thursday as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard shot down an American military drone. Iran claims that the drone was invading on their national sovereignty, and shooting it down was a warning to the United States. General of the Revolutionary Guard Hossein Salami stated that Iran does not “want war with any country, but we are completely, and totally, ready and prepared…”

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Trump’s Latest Emergency Declaration is More Legislative Sidestepping

Garrett Summers | @g_summ300 

President Trump was supposed to be the deal striking president that could get things done. Instead, he has sidestepped the deal-making process and used emergency declarations twice to get what he wants. After negotiating with House Democrats, President Trump signed an emergency declaration to boost funding for his border wall project. Now, the president has signed another emergency declaration in order to push an arms deal to Saudi Arabia. The president did sign into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but this was with a Republican supermajority. So far, I have been disappointed in the president’s ability to govern conservatively and strike deals that shrink the size of the federal government or reduce the budget deficit.

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